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Challenger Deep
Brendan Shusterman, Neal Shusterman
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Teresa Toten
Bone Gap
Laura Ruby
Finding the Worm (Twerp Sequel)
Mark Goldblatt
Kirby Larson
Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
Anne Lamott
Killer Instinct
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Laura Hillenbrand
The Night Journal
Elizabeth Crook
Dead End in Norvelt
Jack Gantos

Two Fun Mysteries for Tween/Teens

The Name of the Star - Maureen Johnson Famous Last Words - Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

I had the good fortune to pick up these two books from my colleague Karin Perry's office book case. One was in paperback and the other was audio, which meant I was reading them concurrently. The thing that was so cool was that both books have similar premises, being mysteries with supernatural twist. It is almost like two people were given the challenge of writing a mystery in which a spunky teenage heroine finds herself in great danger with the added complication of ghostly involvement. They both take place in iconic settings with historic and haunting pasts. Famous Last Words takes place in LA, and the setting for The Name of the Star is London; and the history of famous killers from the past catches up with both girls. I confess to being a fan of mysteries who seldom figures out whodunnit. In both cases there were lots of clues but each ending had a nice twist to finish the story nicely. I also wonder if there's a chance of seeing both of these main characters in future mysteries. I hope so! If you have a tween/teen reader in your life, read these books with her. You'll both have a good time!